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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – May 1, 2018 – The United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame announced today that Christopher Liedel has been named chief executive officer following a national search conducted by RSR Partners and will step into his role officially on May 15, 2018. “Chris Liedel is the perfect combination of experienced leader, entrepreneur and strategic thinker that we need to lead the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame forward,” said Dave Ogrean, chairman of the museum board. “He will take us through the construction of the museum and into the opening and operations. We are….
Originally Published on The Gazette, written by Rich Laden Rich Laden U.S. Olympic Museum organizers cleared another hurdle Thursday when a state panel approved details of a multimillion-dollar loan for the downtown Colorado Springs project and how that money would be spent. Meeting in Denver, the Colorado Economic Development Commission adopted a resolution spelling out the loan plan, which helps pave the way for museum supporters to obtain a critical piece of the project’s funding. Next up: The Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority will meet Wednesday and is expected to take similar action in approving details of the loan. “It really means….
Written by Rich Laden on February 25, 2017 for The Gazette Faced with next month’s deadline to raise private funds for their project, U.S. Olympic Museum organizers now say they’re just $4.2 million short and closing in on their goal. Meanwhile, museum officials and the Colorado Springs Urban Renewal Authority are finalizing details of a loan with a trio of banks that will provide another key funding piece to finance the museum. That loan also will help fund a series of public improvements in southwest downtown, where the museum will be built. The loan is driving the museum organizers’ sense….
Colorado Springs, Colo. – September 28, 2016 — The United States Olympic Museum recently announced $4 million in new fundraising moving the project significantly closer to the goal of breaking ground in early 2017. With approximately $6 million dollars left to raise for construction, and $18 million remaining for the total project, museum supporters are confident in the new energy heading into the final stage of fundraising. “We are close.” said Dick Celeste, United States Olympic Museum Chairman. “We have renewed enthusiasm from many stakeholders and we’re confident that the construction process will begin in the next few months.” Amidst this new momentum, the Museum Board….
We are pleased to announce that Julia Lawton has joined the U.S. Olympic Museum team as Executive Administrative Coordinator, succeeding Kristen Downs as Director of Administration. Julia is from Durango, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado College where she was a varsity volleyball player and a mathematical economics major. She is currently in the Fellowship program at El Pomar Foundation. We are delighted that Julia will be on board, commencing Monday, May 9.  Julia can be reached at jlawton@usolympicmuseum.org ….
What are your most vivid memories from the 1984 Olympics? Marching in Opening Ceremony was a highlight! Seeing the entire stadium wearing the red, white & blue…they were on their feet cheering for us! What a moment. Also, standing on the podium when awarded my all-around gold medal. I remember the U.S. flag rising, the national anthem playing, my hand on my heart singing the great words of that song—one of the proudest moments of my life. And probably the most personal moment was when I came down from the vault podium, just having scored a perfect 10 to secure….
I am honored to be the newest member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame.  My contributions to the creation of this Museum are a natural extension of my personal and professional life. Like many of you, I have been enthralled with Olympic history and have admired Olympic and Paralympic athletes for many years.  I am very glad our nation’s greatest athletes are being celebrated in the U.S. Olympic Museum. As NBC Olympics’ executive vice president of programming, I have had the privilege – along with my fabulous colleagues – of helping shape….
The U.S. Olympic Museum has received a $500,000 grant from the Denver-based Daniels Fund, giving organizers another boost toward their goal of raising $80 million for the project. The fund, created 16 years ago by the late cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, targets amateur sports among areas it seeks to support through its charitable giving, said fund president and CEO Linda Childears. “When we looked at that opportunity, we said, ‘this will inspire young people to understand what it really means to be an elite athlete,’” Childears said Thursday. “The exhibits that are planned for the museum are to be….
Each day, we move one step further on the exciting journey to bring the U.S. Olympic Museum from vision to reality.  We are proud of the progress we have achieved and the world-class team we have behind us.  Highlights include: Demolition of vacant structures on the site in preparation for Spring 2016 groundbreaking. Fundraising over $48 million, 60% of fundraising goal, to build and endow the Museum. U.S. Olympian and Paralympian involvement in the architecture and exhibit content design process to ensure accuracy and a fully accessible building where all visitors will have the same experience. The U.S. Olympic Museum….
The U.S. Olympic Museum was privileged to benefit from 1992 Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi’s involvement in its first athlete charrette to discuss content and exhibit design. “Even as an athlete, I am constantly inspired and awed by the stories of Olympians,” she said. ““I was honored to have been asked to exchange ideas in the first charrette.” The former figure skater played an active role in suggesting user-friendly exhibits and interactive options, making valuable contributions to the early design of the museum.  “A U.S. Olympic Museum that pays tribute to so many athletes who have represented their country is….
It was a wall breaking, not a groundbreaking. Nevertheless, it was an important first step for the U.S. Olympic Museum, which is planned for downtown Colorado Springs’ southwest side. A demolition crew on Wednesday began razing an old industrial building on a 1.7-acre site at Vermijo Avenue and Sierra Madre Street where the $65 million museum will be built. An excavator – a large piece of construction equipment – repeatedly punched holes in the building’s concrete block wall and tore off portions of its metal roof. The building was expected to be down by week’s end. The site preparation work,….
Since becoming part of the local lexicon in 2013, the City for Champions project has seemed — to many critics — more theory than certainty. Progress appeared to have slowed to a crawl and one project’s future remains in doubt. The four-facility undertaking is expected to include a new visitors center at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a sports medicine and performance center at UCCS, the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, and a downtown stadium and events center. The Colorado State Economic Development Commission approved the city’s full request of $120.5 million in state sales tax money for….
The U.S. Olympic Museum has been elected to the prestigious Olympic Museums Network (OMN), receiving the designation Sept. 25 at the Olympic Museums Network (OMN) 10th General Assembly in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. “The U.S. Olympic Museum is honored to be a recognized member of the Olympic Museums Network,” U.S. Olympic Museum Chairman Dick Celeste said. “This is an important step in our process to create a timeless institution that will not only honor U.S. Olympians and Paralympians, but honor the spirit of the Olympic Games themselves.” The Olympic Foundation for Culture and Heritage Director and Olympic Museums Network Chairman….
A funky little chunk of land contaminated by creosote is worth less than nothing to the City of Colorado Springs but will complement the U.S. Olympic Museum site, City Council members determined Monday. The property – just shy of an acre, at 42,766 square feet – has never been developed since the city acquired it in two pieces in 1958 and 1969. The land, at 228 W. Cimarron and 400 S. Sierra Madre streets, has an appraised value of $76,979. But remediation would cost $50,706 plus $304,004 to provide clean soil 3 feet deep to cover the surface. So in….
COLORADO SPRINGS – It was a day of firsts in Colorado Springs, as the first images of the US Olympic Museum architecture designs were released. It’s also the first City for Champions project to take shape. The museum also secured a 1.7 land gift agreement with Nor’wood Development Group for a location near downtown and America the Beautiful Park at the end of Vermijo. “This is a really exciting time for us,” Richard Celeste, President of the Museum Board. The 60,000 square foot building has a modern design that spirals up and out from a central atrium. It will also….
Supporters of a planned U.S. Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs unveiled preliminary renderings of the project Thursday, while announcing they’ve finalized an agreement with a local developer who’s donating a 1.7 acre-site in southwest downtown. The moves, backers say, are key steps as they work to raise $80 million for the project’s design and construction and to provide an endowment to help pay operational costs. They say they have commitments of $42 million. “Visitors will come here to celebrate the achievements of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes and to experience the effort and the excitement of the journey that they….
COLORADO SPRINGS – It was a day of firsts in Colorado Springs, as the first images of the US Olympic Museum architecture designs were released. It’s also the first City for Champions project to take shape. The museum also secured a 1.7 land gift agreement with Nor’wood Development Group for a location near downtown and America the Beautiful Park at the end of Vermijo. “This is a really exciting time for us,” Richard Celeste, President of the Museum Board. The 60,000 square foot building has a modern design that spirals up and out from a central atrium. It will also….
Now that Ambassador/Governor/President Dick Celeste and the U.S. Olympic Museum board have chosen Diller Scofidio + Renfro as the new facility’s design architect, what can we expect? The short answer: fun and fireworks. DS+R isn’t exactly your grandfather’s architecture firm — or your dad’s, or even yours. It was described in the museum’s press release as “an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture with the visual and performing arts.” That description is apt when considering some of the firm’s minor commissions, such as Blur, a temporary installation created for a Swiss exposition. By cantilevering a steel tensegrity structure over Switzerland’s….
GE Johnson of Colorado Springs will be the general contractor for the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, and represents the only local firm chosen for the project, museum officials announced Monday at Penrose House. Johnson has projects worth $7 billion in 14 states, but the firm’s owner, Jim Johnson, says this will be the biggest museum project he’s ever built. His firm will employ up to 150 people during construction, he said. The architect of record is Anderson Mason Dale of Denver. Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, will be the design architects, charged with making the project “iconic.”….
The United States Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the team chosen to design and construct the interactive museum in the heart of Colorado Springs. The team includes Anderson Mason Dale Architects of Denver who will serve as the architect of record; Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, a New York design studio, as the design architects; Gallagher and Associates from Washington, D.C. as exhibit designers; Pacific Studio of Portland, Oregon, to be the exhibit fabricators; and GE Johnson of Colorado Springs as the general contractor. Announcing the team, Richard Celeste, president of the U.S. Olympic Museum Board, said, “Our Olympic and Paralympic athletes set the highest standards of achievement. We….
U.S. Olympic Museum organizers announced Monday that five firms with local, national and international experience will design and build the $60 million project in downtown Colorado Springs. The team’s creativity, ability to work together and to stay within budget will be crucial to the museum’s success and the enhancement of the southwest downtown area where it will be built, said Dick Celeste, president of the nonprofit museum’s board and former Colorado College president. The museum is part of the $250.6 million City for Champions tourism initiative – four projects proposed by civic and business leaders designed to attract visitors to….
U.S. Olympic Museum organizers announced Monday that five firms with local, national and international experience will design and build the $60 million project in downtown Colorado Springs. The team’s creativity, ability to work together and to stay within budget will be crucial to the museum’s success and the enhancement of the southwest downtown area where it will be built, said Dick Celeste, president of the nonprofit museum’s board and former Colorado College president. The museum is part of the $250.6 million City for Champions tourism initiative – four projects proposed by civic and business leaders designed to attract visitors to….
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – The U.S. Olympic Museum is now a little closer to becoming a reality. We now know who is scheduled to build and design the $60 million project. A total of five different groups will work on different parts of the museum. GE Johnson of Colorado Springs will serve as the general contractor. The museum will be built on land that was recently donated near America the Beautiful Park. While many of the firms are from outside of the city, the museum itself will still create jobs in Colorado Springs. “If you look at all of the….
Originally Published on ‘Inside the Games‘ A $10 million (£6 million/€8 million) grant has been given towards the construction of the United States Olympic Museum, as those behind it continue efforts to raise enough money to make the “world-class” facility a reality. The donation has been made by trustees of the El Pomar Foundation, which gives grants to non-profit organisations in Colorado. It will be the home of the Olympic Museum, the first in the US. In July, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) signed a 30-year deal with the not-for-profit United States Olympic Museum for the facility to be….
Originally Published on ‘CSBJ‘ Nor’wood Development Group will donate nearly two acres of land downtown to complete the U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame.The land is on the west side of Sierra Madre Street at the terminus of Vermijo Avenue. “The proposed site provides extraordinary visibility to motorists traveling the I-25 corridor, walkability to the core of downtown Colorado Springs and provides museum visitors with sweeping views of the Front Range and Pikes Peak,” according to a news release sent Saturday. “The final parcel configuration will be established through a collaborative effort with the U.S. Olympic Museum design team,….
Originally published on ‘Gazette Telegrath‘ DENVER – The City for Champions projects got a green light Thursday when the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved the final details of an agreement for 
$120.5 million in state tax incentives for the project over the next 50 years. “It’s a significant milestone that we are very proud of,” said Laura Neumann, spokeswoman for the City for Champions project. “Many of our citizens are very excited about what this is going to bring.” Neumann, who was in Denver on Thursday at the Economic Development Commission meeting, said the four projects proposed as part of….
Originally Posted on ‘CS Indy’ The headline from last night’s meeting for City for Champions, which drew more than 200 people at the Library 21c on Chapel Hills Drive, is that the Jenkins family will donate land for the Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame project. The museum is one of four projects in the combine into the $250-million tourism venture that also includes a sports medicine center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a new visitors center at the Air Force Academy and a $92-million sports and events stadium that will sit next to the Olympic museum….
Originally Posted on ‘The Denver Post’ State economic-development officials Thursday made it clear they want the United States Olympic Museum — one of the four elements of Colorado Springs’ “City for Champions” — built first and foremost. “The Olympic museum is the heart and soul of this,” said Jeff Kraft, director of business funding and incentives at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. “It is a bad scenario if the Olympic museum doesn’t move forward.” To that end, COEDIT has reserved 42 percent of the $125.5 million the project is slated to receive in state sales-tax rebates….
This content was originally published here, on The Gazette.com by Rich Laden Supporters of a proposed downtown U.S. Olympic Museum have signed a 30-year agreement with the Colorado Springs-based U.S. Olympic Committee that will allow the venue to showcase Olympic artifacts and displays, the two organizations announced Thursday. The agreement is crucial because it will lend credibility to efforts to raise millions in private donations to help build the project, backers say. “For this museum to be successful, it has to have an organic relationship with the U.S. Olympic Committee,” said Richard Celeste, board president of the nonprofit group proposing….
March 14 – U.S. Olympic Museum Board of Directors REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS RFQ Subtype: Architect Project Title: Design Architect for U. S. Olympic Museum Project; Architect of Record for U.S Olympic Museum Project; Exhibit Designer for U.S. Olympic Museum Project; Exhibit Designer for U.S. Olympic Museum Project Project Description: This project is to design and construct an approximate 60,000 SF state-of-the-art thematic museum celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic movements. This project will anchor and be a gateway other project in a SW downtown Colorado Springs Urban Renewal district. The museum will present the history, artifacts, media and our collective memories….
March 14 – U.S. Olympic Museum Board of Directors REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFQ Subtype: Construction Manager/General Contractor Project Title: CM/GC for U.S Olympic Museum project Project Description: This project is to design and construct an approximate 60,000 SF state-of-the-art thematic museum celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic movements This project will anchor and be a gateway other project in a SW downtown Colorado Springs Urban Renewal district. The museum will present the history, artifacts, media and our collective memories of the Olympic and Paralympic Games along with other interactive experiences that attest to the universal power of the Olympic movement. The….
March 14 – U.S. Olympic Museum Board of Directors REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFQ Subtype: Construction Manager/General Contractor Project Title: CM/GC for U.S Olympic Museum project Project Description: This project is to design and construct an approximate 60,000 SF state-of-the-art thematic museum celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic movements This project will anchor and be a gateway other project in a SW downtown Colorado Springs Urban Renewal district. The museum will present the history, artifacts, media and our collective memories of the Olympic and Paralympic Games along with other interactive experiences that attest to the universal power of the Olympic movement. The….
This article was originally published on The Gazette.com by Monica Mendoza on March 4, 2014 The U.S. Olympic museum has its first employee. Kristen Downs, a community activist who planned the 2013 Winterfest events and downtown ice skating rink, has been named the museum’s executive administrative coordinator. She’ll be the person to move the project forward, said Dick Celeste, president of the museum’s board of directors. “We have a number of things in motion,” Celeste said. Downs is on the hunt for downtown office space. She is working with a web designer on the launch of the museum’s website. And Celeste said….